Your not allowed to take pictures inside but you can outside. There are Museum artifiacts to take pics of outside just outside the Egyptian building courtyard area.
There are attendants and tourist police inside.
Very crowded outside with lots of people going in and taking pics outside.
I just came back from Egypt around a few days ago, from a month-long vacation all over the country ( but mostly based in Cairo ). NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO BRING A CAMERA INSIDE, EVEN IF YOU TIP OR PAY THE GUARDS. Once you get to the entrance ( after the scanning booth ), you will be asked by another set of workers, sitting at a podium, if you have any cameras. If so, they will redirect you outside to the kiosk ( beside the ticket booth ) to check in your camera. They will give you a wooden-tile with Arabic numerals in it that you have to keep, in order to get it back again after you are done with the museum visit. Sneaking a camera in to take pics is NOT a good idea...there are guards everywhere, and cameras are strategically placed at every single corner. In fact, in the Royal Mummy room, a guy was taking pictures of Ramses II on his mobile phone camera and after a few minutes, a whole bunch of guards surrounded him, talked to him for a good 5 minutes or so etc. I didn't see whether they confiscated his mobile phone or not, but they were pretty stern with him.
The museum houses world's major collections and Ancient Egypt treasures.It was quite crowded when we visited but I think it's always like that everyday.You'll see here original objects found at the tomb of Tutankhamun(unless they're abroad for exhibit),like the three coffins made of pure gold,jewelries,funeral masks in pure gold and many others.There's also a Mummy Room (additional ticket required),here you'll see preserved remains of some Egypt rulers.And there's also an Animal Mummy Room(ticket's included),I didn't go there,so I don't know what can be seen there;)There are also life-size statues,wooden figurines and lots of artefacts sources about life and beliefs in Ancient Egypt.The museum is huge so allow 3-4 hrs for the visit.
Egyptian Museum has so many things and not enough space for it. At times things felt too eclectic. Some artifacts were organized by time line but some were just filling the space. The best thing to do is to hire an Egyptologist preferably from your hotel with a good reputation. We hired one outside the museum for 65 pounds for an hour and I could not understand the word he was saying.
Also bring cash, museum does not take credit card. No photography allowed, they are pretty hardcore about checking your purse so if they see the camera you will have to leave the museum to check it in.
Don't listen to scammers outside telling you that museum is close becasue it's always open!
The Egyptian Musuem is one of the must see places in Cairo. It is one great place to discover teh history of ancient Egypt. Statues,, potteries, carvings, gold collecltions,
Located at the ground floor are huge statues of the Pharaohs, stone carvings, paintings etc.
At the upper floor, enormous exhibits like Tutankhamun's tomb, treasures and other collections can be found here. Also on the same floor you'll find a room wherein mummified bodies are placed...one of which is believed to be of Ramses I (additional fee if you want to go inside the special room)
The whole museum is huge and overwhelming. So, prepare ahead fo time on what you really like to see So, you would enjoy your visit more.
I really enjoyed Cairo. The people were friendly, the food was good, and the Pyramids, Sphinx and Sakkara pyramids/tombs were sensational. I was really looking forward to seeing the Cairo Museum. I had heard so much about it and I was a regular visitor to their website.
When I visited the Museum the lines were long and it was a very hot day at 47 degrees Celsius. I could not believe it when I finally got inside and there was no air-conditioning. It seems that the many millions of dollars that this attraction rakes in annually are not enough to purchase air-conditioning for the comfort of their patrons. (Only the Tutankhamen rooms are air-conditioned and you can imagine how crowded they were.) I also felt that the museum was extremely dirty and there was not much order to the entire place.
I decided that I wished to see the Rosetta stone (Even though it is only a copy), pictured here, and the Tutankhamen artefacts before I made a beeline for the nearest exit and the closest bar for a cold beer.
Call me harsh, but I thought the Cairo Museum was crap
The entry fee in July 2009 was 60 Egyptian Pounds
I loved this old red brick building (it was built in 1897) that houses the Egyptian Museum although I didn’t like that I had to leave my cameras outside (it’s really strictly forbidden to take pictures maybe you can try some fast ones with the mobile if you desperate though).
When I god inside I was surprised of the dust that covers every display case! It seems that Indiana Jones brought some artifacts just around the WWII period :) Hopefully, the signs are in english too so you know what you’re looking at. And what you can see here are some really priceless antiquities divided into the first and second Phaoraonic Period until the roman era. There are so many artifacts that will take you a month to see everything! I choosed some items according to my book so I limited my visit to 3 hours :) Of course the most impressive room is the one with the houses the artifacts that came from King Tutankhamon’s tomb. The problem here is that it’s always packed with people.
The Royal Mummies are also a must see with so many of them you’ll get surprised and from what I noticed they are very popular among the young people.
The museum is open daily 09.00-17.00
The entrance fee is 60LE (2009 price) +100LE for the Mummies collection.
There is a fee to see the mummies of the pharaohs at the Egyptian Museum--- but what the heck, when is the next time you're going to be there!? Besides, it's like helping them maintain these world treasures because I think it takes a lot of money to make sure the glass casings are intact and that the mummies are in the right temperature...
So, I went in and looked at these famous pharaohs, including Rameses. They are all shrivelled up and somehow they kinda looked alike --- but then they are "related" in one way or another. If I were a mummy, would I look the same? In my line of work, I have dissected cadavers and they look different - but they were fresh or dead for a year --- on the other hand, these mummies are 3000 years old! Of course, the insides have already been taken out from these mummies so there's not much to see if we open them up (or is there?)...
There’s no doubt about it – you have to visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo when you’re there! I think it has over 120,000 artifacts --- from that little little statue of one of the first pharaohs (Khufu I believe) to the actual mummies! It is a bit overwhelming and there is no way in the world that you can see everything…
So, the recommendation is that one should just concentrate on items that interests one’s self --- and for me one of them was the Tut collection. It was nice to see the things that the young pharaoh really used – like his bed, hunting stuff and I think even his crib when he was younger.
There’s just so much to see in this Museum and you definitely have to allot a whole afternoon (if not the whole day or two) for it…
For a museum that holds some of the worlds most priceless and unique antiquities the actual museum itself is rather drab. Of course for someone like me who is used to museums like the Louvre where the building and presentation is as spectacular as the art and sculptures inside, the Egyptian museum turned out to be a disappointment. However as the the saying goes, "its what on the inside that counts" and thats exactly what makes the Egyptian museum a must see on your visit to Cairo. The museum is full of Egyptian sculptures, art, and other antiquities but of course the crown jewels are the King Tut exhibit and the Royal Mummies. I was surprised at the rather lackluster presentation of all of King Tut's stuff but once I got over that minor detail I was in awe of the riches that came from his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The Royal Mummies were also a sight to see but at an extra charge separate from the admission fee. It is however worth the extra cost as the mummies are incredible....the preservation is astonishing, and who wouldn't want to see the shriveled up body of Ramses II? By the way taking pictures is strictly forbidden and they will make you delete the pictures from your memory card or even just take it away (I saw several people getting the treatment, so believe me it is enforced) but don't let that stop you from taking pictures! Just be really, really sneaky....
Hours of Operation: 9:00 to 7:00 Daily
Admission: Adults 60 LE (There are student discounts available)
Royal Mummy Exhibit: Adults 100 LE (There are student discounts available)
What I loved about this place was the atmosphere..... everything covered in dust, old fashioned display cases with brass keyholes ready for a brass key, aged and faded labels (probably the originals) typed with a manual typewritter.
I felt it was the perfect setting to see these ancient artifacts.
BE QUICK THOUGH ! I heard there is a brand new 'shiny' Egyptian Museum under construction - you won't be able to visit this old place soon.... shame :(
Hours 09:00 - 17:00
As at March 2009: 60LE adult entrance.
Looking at the front entrance, to the right, there is a gift shop & coffee shop you can visit.
Maybe you can get a Museum guide book/pamphlet here, as I couldn't find one in the foyer.
You will be approached by lots of "Egyptologists" offering you their services as guide.
I didn't take any up on their offer, but many did and seemed satisfied.
Artifacts labelled in Arabic & English.
No photoghraphy allowed inside.
I believe the King Tut room usually charges an additional entrance fee (200LE). I visited on a Friday and didn't have to pay any extra this day.
There is also a 'mummies' room you can pay extra to see (100LE approx.)
This was the first thing we did in Cairo - it's a good introduction to your stay in Egypt, on all levels!
No matter what the guidebooks say though, getting here early isn't going to help you. Coach-loads of tourists arrive before the doors open, and they just keep coming!
If your camera is large and obvious (like ours) you won't be allowed through the doors with it... however, by this point, you've already gone through the ticket barrier and metal detectors! You need to leave your cameras in a little booth to the left of the main gate. That said, I know people who've got them through into the building, so maybe if they're inconspicious you'll be OK.
You buy your ticket in another booth to the right of the main gate (50LE as of March 2008), and then head up to the doors of the building through the metal detectors (if like us you've had to reemerge to get rid of cameras, show your ticket again, say 'cameras' and barge through - they just shrugged at us!).
The Egyptian Museum is daunting. I believe it's been calculated that if you wanted to look at every single item on display you'd need a minimum of three months! We spent almost 3 hours here, and that was whizzing round looking only at the most interesting stuff.
The Tutankhamun Galleries and Royal Mummies Rooms are obviously major draws, so try to get there before large tour groups (it'll be a struggle). The Mummies are an extra 10LE to get in, pay at the desk outside the rooms.
My personal favourites were the Amarna Gallery, where statues of the 'heretic' pharoah Akhenaten are displayed, and the 'pun' statue of Ramses II on the ground floor.
You may notice that all the photos I posted here are from the outside of the Egyptian Museum. This is so because taking pictures inside the museum is prohibited especially if you are using a flash as in almost all museums all over the world. You will also see some of the historical treasures posted in my travelogue for you to see what to expect in the perimeter of this museum.
The Egyptian Museum houses many fabulous treasures from the days of the pharaohs. You will find preserved mummies and items during Alexander the Great empire, Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII and her husband Mark Antony. The most famous of the artifacts is the death mask of Tutankhamun. King Tutankhamun (or King Tut) is an Egyptian king whose grave was intact and found to have a lot of treasures like gold and other precious materials.
If you are really into museums, you will spend almost a day to scrutinize each and every collections ranges from pre-historic era t the Greco-Roman period.
Oh yes, when you visit the Egyptian Museum, you will notice a considerable number of statues and artifacts spread in front of the building. One thing that amazed me are the designs carved in many parts of the building.
In the photos I have featured here, these are the unique designs that always catch my attention. They are so detailed and interesting. Go visit the Egyptian museum and see for yourself. You too will admire these incredible creation.